EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – Severe ground damage is forcing the residents of two separate homes to evacuate in East Liverpool.
“Slippage” in the ground has damaged Lisbon St. in East Liverpool, according to East Liverpool Service-Safety Director Brian Allen. Now, both homes are at risk of sliding down the side of the hill behind them if the cracks continue to grow.
Allen said city officials are working with the American Red Cross to relocate the residents of both houses, but not everyone wants to leave, despite the warnings.
One homeowner did leave and is staying in a hotel room provided by the Red Cross, but another family said they are going to wait and see what happens.
The city first learned about the extent of the problem Monday when underground movement broke a water service line to one of the homes. Both homes’ foundations and yards have cracks all over.
On Thursday, soil experts began sampling the ground to determine its stability.
Friday, the city plans to hold a finance meeting at 11 a.m. at City Hall to discuss the situation and bring in an excavator and open up an alley behind the houses.
“The engineers told us this morning that the odds are very likely that this house will have to go, and right now, it’s likely that this one would have to go as well,” Allen said of the homes in the area.
Allen believes that either a collapsed mine or gravitational pull is causing the damage. He has spoken with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio Public Works Commission to obtain emergency funding.
The city could also get funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources if there is a mine below the property causing the damage.